Thursday, March 31, 2005

I want one

Tidal Force iO Cruiser

I'd still pedal, but I'd get there faster.


Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Blowin' Up in England

Wow! Seems the Brits have good taste! According to Eddie, my Art Brut 3.14 cover was DJ'd at the Brixton Windmill. And you know the old saying: As Brixton go, so goes Britain. It's only a matter of time now.

Let's see, I've already got two songs in my notebook that are true to the Art Brut spirit. I figure I get two more to make a 5 song EP. That should be perfect to help support my first tour of the UK. Of course, I'll need a Passport...and a tambourine player.


Friday, March 25, 2005

Cell Phone Abuse in NYC

Beautiful, beautiful Perry St. I just need $299,000 for a 300 sq ft studio.

Yes, I'm holding her Audrey Hepburn purse while she tries on clothes in the hip botiques of the big city.

I'm safe and sound up in West Point now. Visiting my A-DOR-A-BELL nephew.

Cheers to the Brits for all the kind words on my Art Brut Pi tune.

What did ya think Eddie?

Fon blogn monster sushi.hudson st nyc. 4 hours to spend n da big city!


Thursday, March 24, 2005

Art Brut 3.14's first single

Well, if I'm gonna have the first American franchise of Art Brut I'd better get on the hump (you'll have to re-read this post to remember what this is all aboot, oops that's canadian not british).

I still don't have a tambourine player, but I do have an egg shaker! Shuuka-shukka.

So, here without further ado is my franchise's version of the great Art Brut song, Formed a Band:

Art Brut 3.14 - Formed a Band.mp3 (3.6 Megs)


Wednesday, March 23, 2005

bunny rap

bunny rap for easter.

The lead singer of Interpol has a powerful voice. I can't believe I was in the same room as Carlos! Posted by Hello


Monday, March 21, 2005

Interpol tomorrow

Oops. I looked at my own weblog and noticed I had Interpol down for today. I didn't even get tickets yet so I freaked out and went to ticketmaster. I was sure tickets wouldn't be available so close to show time tonight. But of course, the show is not today, it's tomorrow. So no worries. Tickets will be waiting for me.

PS Blonde Redhead will be the "special guest." I like their recorded stuff.


Saturday, March 19, 2005

Mobil Oil Using Modern Lovers??

Am I hearing an instrumental of the great Modern Lovers tune "Roadrunner" during Mobil Oil commercials?


Friday, March 18, 2005

Phone bloging house concert in wiliamsburg. William n mary law students are getting drunk all around me. Sonic youth cover starting. Singing along without shame. Need flicker so i can post photos over phone.


Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Petra Haden

There is an article in the new Entertainment weekly magazine about this girl who did an all a Capella version of the great Who album, The Who Sell Out. It's just her voice doing all the "instruments."

Well, sure enough, good ole Rhapsody has it and I'm listening to it. It's the coolest thing I've ever heard. Here is a sample so you can get a feel for what it sounds like.

Petra Haden - I Can See For Miles.mp3 (4.0 Megs)

And there is another one available to hear at All Songs Considered.

And, I should of known, Copy Comma Right pulls through with even another.


Monday, March 14, 2005

Felicia Michaels

what i'm listening to Right Now: Von Bondies - Tell Me What You See

Gaw-dern I still got this Von Bondies in my rotation. Great album.

I spent all friggin' weekend re-doin' the bathroom. Strippin' wallpaper. Horrible, Horrible job. They glued it right to the drywall. It was a nightmare and I still have little bits of paper under my nails. I should buy a scraper next time.

I saw Regina Spektor on the Late Night show. She seemed nervous I thought. She looked great and that red piano was purty too.

Well, whilst remodelin' this weekend I grabbed ahold of my Rhapsody player and listened to some Comedy albums. I listened to Felicia Michaels and I laughed good and hard. There is this rule of threes in comedy, public speaking, etc. For some reason, thing go better in threes. I used to do a joke in my college talent show days:

"My girlfriend is Siamese. They're driving me crazy."

Then I would try tagging it with something like:

"I'm always paying for three movie tickets, three dinners, but in the sack it has its perks."

I was always re-writing and trying to come up with better tags, but the point being that the joke gets three tags. Now, you can always push it out to five tags and it can be funny, but four is never funny and six is right out ("once the number three, being the third number bereached..").

Well this girl broke my made-up rule of comedy in this bit (it has strong-strong language so careful with sensitive ears):

Felicia Michaels - Evil Kneivel.mp3 (3.7 Megs)

This is one brilliant bit, and since nothing makes a joke unfunnier faster than analyzing it, here I go: The rule of threes would apply if you look at the joke as a whole, 1) American (clever) 2) Russian (very clever) 3) Elderly American (cleverer). But then each of these categories is broken into its own series.

1) American: Grand Canyon, Evil Kneivel, echo, penny, splunking, Empire State Building; that's six.

2) Russian: Moscow Circus, Balken states, Chechyen rebels, Hunt for Red October; makes four.

3) Elderly: Broken hip, bridge, republicans, dentures, stubborn blueberry stains; makes five.


So I think I've learned two things:

1) All rules are meant to be broken.

2) You have a lot of time to think when you're stripping wallpaper.


Thursday, March 10, 2005

Regina Spektor on Conan Tonight

I'm kinda obsessed with this Madeleine Peyroux. Her voice creeps me out, but makes me want to hear it more. You know what I mean?

Also, a reminder, Regina is on Conan tonight. Or on CNBC tomorrow depending on how much of a lightweight you are.

ALSO, Mando Diao's new album Hurricane Bar came out and IT'S UP ON RHAPSODY!! I'm so happy. I'm about to listen to it. I hope it's good. I loved their first one.


Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Regina Spektor's Big Push

1st: nelliemckay.net says Nellie McKay is going to be on Broadway with the A-mazing Alan Cumming (Dog Show: "Mr. Bojangles you have a drinking problem!")

2nd: Blogger swaps chocolate with Scott McClellan. Has much trouble getting white house "day pass" ala Gannon: FishbowlDC


But, further, Regina Spektor is getting her propers from Sire Records aw-uh. Read this cute story about her first seeing her head in a Tower Records window:

Hi everyone...
First of all, i almost gave myself a heart attack today, when i walked by the Tower Records at Lincoln Center... there it was- a huge lit up cover of Soviet Kitsch in the window of the store... and i gasped, and then i felt totaly naked, and everyone was walking around me on the street, and there i was, and then there was the me on the big window... weird and strange and so fascinating and confusing and yet so very exciting and all that other good stuff, etc., at the same time... how does that work?

Second of all, Warner Bros. let me know about a certain misshap with the art work on the DVD...nothing too frightening (the record sound/sight/smell is perfectly as planned...) but i was asked to sit down before they told me... Long story short- the color of the DVD disk label is the wrong color, and not how i wanted it, and though i proofed everything a million times, this kind of stuff still happens, and it's nobody's fault... Sire and WBR felt real bad about it, but they got shipped to many places by the
time they realised, and so it was too late. They made 10,000 with the wrong color... what's the point of all this you may ask?

well, simple... i thought i'd let you know that if you get a white background on your DVD (it still has all the same info- just the background color is different) don't bum out... because if i ever sell more than 10,000 records it will be a fun collectors thing...

oh, and if i never sell more than 10,000, then i, myself, will be a fun little forgotten collectors thing... so either way, you win:-). i hope you enjoy the record...

Also, if you, unlike me, own a TV, tune in to Conan O. on March 10th...

And, if you can, come to my show at Bowery Ballroom on March 30th. Sean Lennon will be playing the show with me, and i can't wait. He's lovely, and we talk about how freaked out we are about playing this show... it will be nice to see your lovely faces if you are free that night... yup.

Most importantly, though, i wish you all the best, and hope you have fun living, breathing, clicking on things, petting things, talking to things, hanging things up to dry(an underrated fun activity...) and loving things... hip hip hooray~


Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Slate Article on Gender Equality and Restrooms

Slate article on gender equality and separate restrooms.

Working as a janitor to pay my way through college I can confirm that, despite Yale's opinion, women's restrooms are much, much messier than the men's. Like an episode of CSI, I was never there to witness the crime, but only able to deduce her actions from the results.

The reason woman are more disgusting? I think it's because they hover. It only takes one uber-germ-o-phobe to leave their mark on the toilet seat, hovering over it in a Neanderthal squat, buttocks inches away from the white porcelain semi-circle.

Sometimes I'd wonder if the girl wasn't laying on her back trying to lob the turds up and over the rim. That seems the only explanation for that unfortunate memory.


Friday, March 04, 2005

Eric Idle Loves Virginia

Eric Idle of Monty Python fame, and very talented song writer of his own, toured my country last year. I wanted to see it, but something happened and I couldn't go. Well he's got this book out that is a diary of his adventures. In it he talks about the Norva, name drops Bill Reid (the Norva's owner), and opines about moving to Portsmouth. He is very complimentary to our neighborhood. He even name drops Mercury Blvd. Hey, I only live two blocks from Mercury!

He brags about how excited and crazy the Norfolk crowds are. He picks on New Yorkers for saying he would have a hard time in the south (Monty Python first broke in Dallas!).

I found this quote in a university of Ohio article:

""We haven't really made it across mid-America yet. I found Norfolk, Virginia to be quite interesting. The people there were completely nuts," he said. "

So all it all he confirms what I've been telling you all this time. We rock.

I googled around and found this exerpt of his original on-line tour diary that he wrote while he was at the norva:


Day Thirty Four. Sweet Virginia.
Sunday, November 2, 2003 - The Norva Theater, Norfolk, VA.
At some point the news came through that Paul McCartney had been arrested and thrown in jail in Japan on charges of possessing marijuana and Ann reminded me that I instantly got on the phone to the Japanese Embassy to protest this. I demanded that unless he was released at once we would all boycott Japanese Restaurants. That should have scared them. I must have been in to my Dirk McQuickly role. Paul himself gave me a very lovely hug backstage at The Royal Albert Hall Concert for George. I know how much he loved George too. I got email from Liv the other day saying she thought George's performing The Pirate Song on Rutland Weekend Television was the bravest thing he ever did, and she wanted to be a pirate too. Well his dark sweet lady was the love of his life and I know how much he loved her, and a braver, finer, lovelier companion no man could ever find and it breaks my heart to think of these last two years. With The Concert for George (released on DVD on November 17th ) she and Dahni have turned their grief into a remarkable tribute to a truly remarkable man, uniting all his friends in their sadness and turning it into a healing and positive experience everyone can share. The world should be run by people like this


Here is a song by him direct linked from PythonOnline:

Eric Idle - FCC Song.mp3

Kings of Leon in Nytimes

Kings of Leon in NYtimes.


Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Finished the Great Gatsby

The first two paragraphs of Chapter two of the Great Gatsby must be the greatest ever written. I finally finished this classic of literature and I highly recomend it.

You can read it online by clicking here.

At least read the first two paragraphs of Chapter two. Gold!


Watching Law and Order tonight and the cook on trial for murder hosted his show in Rachel Ray's kitchen. It was the exact same as the 30 minute meals kitchen she uses. Does that kitchen show up anywhere else?


Mando Diao is coming to America!! And my new discovery the Comas are opening. They are only coming as close as Arlington which is about three hours away (up near D.C.) so It'll be a trek. That's what we have to do to rock it in the Real World. We heart road trips. We had better. We don't have a choice in the Real World. Mando Diao's first album was so great. Their new one comes out soon. Next Tuesday actually. It will be mine.


All you bastards that are flying in to SXSW...you make me want to vomit tears of blood out my eyeballs. The Warlocks will be playing. Delegate is going down to blow minds. Darn it to heck! I need those Google-ads so I can go next year.

Nellie McKay at Comedy Love Call

Nellie will be playing along with all these others. Tickets are pricey. ComedyLoveCall.com


Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Psycho-analysis of Dale Gribble

Watching King of the Hill and Family Guy in syndication. Both are really good shows that I missed first time around.

You know I really think Dale Gribble, on a sub-conscious level, is aware that he is not the father of Joseph Gribble. I think it explains Dale's weird behavior. He must believe in his government conspiracies and alien abductions. Only in his created-world can he look past how much his son looks like Redcorn. He never questions if Joseph is his son because he knows the answer. His crazy mindset is a shield protecting him from the questions of others. His neighbors can figure out the truth, but never question him on it because, well, Dale's too crazy to figure it out. But he knows in his heart.

Now here is the kicker. He really, really loves his son. He shows such love and devotion to him. Even though he secretly knows he is not Joseph's real father, he loves Joseph unconditionally.

It breaks my heart to think of it. I'm emotionally invested now. In a cartoon.

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